Steve Edwards has an article in the latest “Policy Magazine” on anti-hatred laws. He cites various examples of recent anti-hate cases where people are being charged with “not being a Muslim” or “not liking Muslims” or “saying that Muslims are wrong” or something like that.
But the enjoyable part of Steve’s article is when he extends the anti-hate law thinking to it’s logical conclusion. If it’s bad to hate races or religions then surely it’s also bad to hate people for belonging to any other group? If saying mean things about XYZ leads to violence… then surely saying mean things about ABC also leads to violence? So let’s be consistent with our anti-hate laws and ban negative speach about any group of people!
Steve gives the example of the 59-year-old One Nation supporter who was knocked unconscious by anti-fascist demonstrations. According to PC-think this means that people should be prevented from speaking out against One Nation or fascism.
John Quiggin is soon going to have to face court for his negative comments about “AGW delusionists”. Both sides of politics will have to apologise to each other and promise to only say nice things in the future. Comedy shows will be strictly censored to make sure all of the jokes are positive and up-lifting. Mein Kamph and the Communist Manifesto and the Bible will all have to be banned. But it will also be illegal to say that we should ban them in case that offends fascists, communists or christians. All religions will be banned from saying aloud any of their scriptures that are anti-gay. But gays will be forbidden from saying that those religions are anti-gay.
Basically, you can say whatever you like, as long as you approve your comment with everybody in Australia first and make sure that no group will be offended or feel hated.
Hatred is bad. Especially hatred based on the fact that somebody is a part of a group (ie bigotry). But as long as it’s not violent, people must be free to think & say what they like without censorship. We should not be burning books, even when they’re “bad”. We should not be policing thoughts, even when they’re “wrong”. We should not be preventing discussions and debates… even when they’re heated.